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Congressman Scalise shot at Virginia baseball practice

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A gunman opened fire on Wednesday morning at a Congressional baseball practice in Virginia, hitting Rep. Steve Scalise and other staffers in a moment of chaos.

Someone with “a rifle” began firing during a baseball practice for Repubilican members of Congress, hitting Mr Scalise, the House majority whip, said Rep. Mo Brooks who was on the scene. “We used my belt to help put a tourniquet around his leg,” he said.

Mr Scalise was “badly injured” but expected to “fully recover”, President Donald Trump said on Twitter.

The gunman opened fire at other staffers, including the Congressional security detail who began to shoot back. At least two of the security officers were hit, Mr Brooks said in an interview with CNN, the television network.

Mr Brooks described a chaotic scene, with fellow Congresspeople taking to their phones to call for additional back-up. Senator Jeff Flake, who was also at the practice, said the shooting had gone on for about 10 minutes.

The Alexandria police said on Twitter that unnamed victims were “being transported to hospitals” after a “multiple shooting”. It added that the suspect was “in custody and not a threat”.

“The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely,” Mr Trump said in a statement.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected”.

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